2022 San Diego Padres Top MLB Prospects

Image credit: CJ Abrams (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)


With Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado manning the left side of the infield and general manager A.J. Preller’s frenetic overhaul of the starting rotation, the Padres were a chic pick to build on 2020’s playoff run—the franchise’s first since 2006—and perhaps push the Dodgers for the National League West division title.  

Instead, after sending five players to the All-Star Game, the Padres fell flat on their face in the second half and finished 79-83, a collapse that reverberated throughout the organization. 

Are there reinforcements still left over in the team’s development pipeline to help right the ship this year Today, we unveil the 10 best prospects in the Padres system as it enters 2022. 

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Here’s how we project their lineup in 2025, with their 2025 ages in parentheses. 


Catcher: Luis Campusano (26)
First Base: Jake Cronenworth (31)
Second Base: CJ Abrams (24)
Third Base: Manny Machado (32)
Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr. (26)
Left Field: James Wood(22)
Center Field: Trent Grisham (28)
Right Field: Robert Hassell III (23)
Designated Hitter: Joshua Mears (24)

No. 1 Starter: Blake Snell (32)
No. 2 Starter: Joe Musgrove (32)
No. 3 Starter: MacKenzie Gore (26)
No. 4 Starter: Chris Paddack (29)
No. 5 Starter: Ryan Weathers (25)
Closer: Dinelson Lamet (32)

Listed below are the prospects with the best tools within the organization. To go directly to San Diego’s Top 10, click here


Best Hitter for Average: CJ Abrams
Best Power Hitter: Joshua Mears
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Robert Hassell III
Fastest Baserunner: CJ Abrams
Best Athlete: CJ Abrams
Best Fastball: MacKenzie Gore
Best Curveball: Adrian Morejon
Best Slider: Kevin Kopps
Best Changeup: Adrian Martinez
Best Control: Ethan Elliott
Best Defensive Catcher: Luis Campusano
Best Defensive Infielder: CJ Abrams
Best Infield Arm: Eguy Rosario
Best Defensive Outfielder: Robert Hassell III
Best Outfield Arm: Robert Hassell III

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